2019 Top 10 List Of South African’s Most Expensive High Schools

Short Note On Education

“A good quality education is one that provides all learners with capabilities they require to become economically productive, develop sustainable livelihoods, contribute to peaceful and democratic societies and enhance individual well-being.

Having noting some qualities of a good education could we then say good education can be bought? Or going to an expensive school mean you will get all the necessary qualities?  I will leave that for to answer.

Base on findings it is said that the top two most expensive schools in South Africa have an annual fee exceeding R200 000 per scholar which is about 15,000 US dollars.

According to Dr Muavia Gallie, independent education consultant, said that the school fees figures present a big challenge for South African families.


Below are the list of the Top 10 most expensive High School in South Africa and what parents are paying for a full senior year.

#10. St Stithians

Boarding pupil – R181 693

Day pupil – R104 770

St Stithians College is a Methodist church school situated on the border of Randburg and Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

It follows a co-ordinate educational model within a village of schools consisting of boys’ and girls’ colleges, boys’ and girls’ preparatory schools, and a junior preparatory.


#9. Bishops

Boarding pupil – R184 120

Day pupil – R105 520

The Diocesan College, or Bishops as it is more commonly known, is an independent, all boys school situated in the suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town, South Africa.

The school was established in 1849 by Robert Gray, Bishop of Cape Town.

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#8. St Martins

Boarding pupil – R184 460

Day pupil – R112 000

Founded as a boys’ school, St Martin’s became the established Anglican Diocesan School for the south of Johannesburg. In 1978, the school became a Co-Educational institution.


#7. St Andrew’s School for Girls

Boarding – R189 830

Day – R102 400

St Andrew’s School for Girls is a top independent Christian girls-only private day and boarding school and co-educational preschool situated in Bedfordview, Johannesburg. The school has a student body of around 1100 girls. St Andrew’s has been voted as Best English High School, Best Private School for Girls and Best Nursery School by the public in the popular newspaper The Star “Your Choice 2008” Poll.


#6. St Johns College

Boarding pupil – R194 231

Day pupil – R115 067

St John’s College is a private school for boys in South Africa. It is situated in Houghton, Johannesburg.

St John’s College was ranked 11th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based upon quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility.


#5. Kearsney College

Boarding – R195 800

Day – R134 800

Kearsney College is a private boarding school for boys in Botha’s Hill, a small town between the provincial capital of Pietermaritzburg and Durban, in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

Kearsney College is named after Kearsney, Kent and originates from Sir Liege Hulett giving his family home on Natal’s North Coast near Stanger to the Christian Church.

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#4. Roedean School for Girls

Boarding – R196 539

Day – R107 670

Roedean School is a private day and boarding school for girls located in Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

The school has an Anglican foundation and is linked to St John’s College, also in Houghton, by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Bridge.


#3. St Andrews College

Boarding – R199 140

Day pupil – R88 950

St. Andrew’s College is an Anglican school for boys located in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was founded in 1855 by the Right Reverend John Armstrong, the first Bishop of Grahamstown.

It is a full boarding school, with a number of day boys. St. Andrew’s College caters for 480 pupils from around the globe.


#2. Michael House

Boarding pupil – R208 320

Day pupil – N/A

Michaelhouse is a full boarding senior school for boys founded in 1896. It is located in the Balgowan valley in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

It is regarded as one of the best schools in south Africa.


#1. Hilton College

Boarding pupil -R219 500

Day pupil – N/A

Hilton College, more commonly referred to as Hilton, is a private boarding school for boys located near the town of Hilton in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands which includes a wildlife reserve.

Hilton College was ranked 4th out of the top 100 best high schools in Africa by Africa Almanac in 2003, based upon quality of education, student engagement, strength and activities of alumni, school profile, internet and news visibility.

According to Gallie, only 2-5% of South Africa’s population can afford the fees of the schools listed above. He says that the current structure of the education system dictates that if you’ve got more money, you have a better education.

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Gallie advises that it need not be that the quality of South African education be linked to the amount of money parent spend.

Updated: January 25, 2019 — 4:37 pm

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